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Published August 16, 2004


Around 15-hundred Palestinian political prisoners started an open-ended hunger
strike in four Israeli jails yesterday. The prisoners say they are subject to
unnecessary strip searches, want more access to family visits and telephones,
and improve overall living conditions.

Today Israeli prison authorities declared psychological war against the inmates.
They threatened to force-feed the prisoners and began barbequing outside the
walls of the prisons.

The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says half of the 7,000 Palestinians
being held in Israeli civilian prisons or military jails are either being
detained without charge or until the end of criminal proceedings against them.

2400 other political prisoners are planning to join the hunger strike on
Wednesday.
This report was prepared by George Rishmawi with the International Middle East
Media Center in occupied Palestine.

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the most recent
massacre of Tutsi refugees. Haider Rizvi has more from the U.N.

Amidst slogans and signs calling for the abolition of the death penalty, a man
was hanged in Calcutta this weekend, the first execution since 1995. Binu Alex
reports from Hyderabad.

The Federal Elections Commission must investigate a complaint against the
Commission on Presidential Debates after a federal judge?s ruling. Darby Hickey
reports from WPFW in Washington DC.

Over the weekend in British Columbia, native and non-native people protested
plans to build a ski slope on a sacred mountain for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Jim Kent reports.

Features
Recall Vote in Venezuela
Venezuelans went to polls in record numbers yesterday in an
unprecedented recall referendum on the mandate of an elected head of
state and ratified President Hugo Chavez' term in office. The
referendum, which has been in the works for nearly one year now,
concluded peacefully early this morning with the opposition calling the
vote a fraud and with Chavez supporters celebrating victory. FSRN'sGreg
Wilpert reports on the results and the reactions from Caracas,
Venezuela.

US Troops Withdrawn in Europe and Asia
Today President Bush announced a 10 year plan to withdraw tens of
thousands of troops who are stationed in Europe and Asia. Most of these
troops will serve back at home, but, the President adds that they will
be prepared to fight in his war on terror. Troops in Iraq and
Afghanistan are not a part of this new deployment plan. Mitch Jeserich
reports from Washington D.C.

US-Ausi Free Trade Agreement
In Australia, the passage of legislation which will enable the Free
Trade Agreement with the United States to go forward has been met with
both applause and acrimony. While the Australian government is claiming
the deal is a victory worth $6 billion for the economy, the Labor
Opposition is claiming its amendments are a victory for the people. But
as FSRN's Erica Vowles reports, not everyone is celebrating.

Anniversary of the Founding of the PKK
The anniversary of the foundation of Kurdish Guerilla organization
PKK/Kongragel was this Sunday. On June 1 of this year, Kongragel
declared that it ended the unilateral ceasefire of five years with the
Turkish armed forces. After the end of ceasefire the clashes between the
guerillas and armed forces increased. Turkish press reported yesterday
that the PKK has attacked a police station in the eastern city of
Tunceli. Free Speech Radio News Correspondent Ezgi Saritas has more from
Turkey.

FBI Targeting RNC Demonstrators
Local and Federal law enforcement are preparing for the worst case
scenario at the Republican National Convention. The Federal Bureau of
Investigation is interviewing protestors deemed dangerous, and the NYPD
distributed a manual to officers that detail extreme disruption tactics
that protestors might use. FSRN's Leigh Ann Caldwell has more on this
story from WBAI in New York City.

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Reviewer: knofool - - April 22, 2010
Subject: I don't
like one sided stories. These people are the same scum who cheered after 9-11 so I'm sure that Israel has them in prison for reasons that you or I know nothing about. Why do the liberals always support the wrong side in any issue.